A culinary student of GMIT, Aisling Rock has been named as the Best Young Chef in Europe at a ceremony in Barcelona.

Rock faced competition from seven other chefs and the 21-year-old was the only female amongst the finalists.

The brief was to create dishes that promoted innovation around traditional cuisine from the students respective homelands and Aisling’s salted mackerel, pickle, root seasonal vegetables and sheep’s Yogurt dish was the winner.

Rock was supported at the event by her mentor, Jacinta Dalton, the Head of Culinary Arts at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and the chef who represented Ireland at last year’s competition, Shane Sheedy.

Dalton was thrilled for her winning student:

And another congratulatory tweet from her pal and last year's Irish entrant, Shane Sheedy:

According to The Irish Times, Rock created her dish using key ingredients by Irish artisan food producers including 'Velvet Cloud', 'Mary’s Fish' and 'Achill Sea Salt'.

The competition is organised by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism (IGCAT) and the Hospitality and Culinary Arts School in Spain, EUHT StPOL.